Kangchenjunga 08 03 Kangchenjunga West, Main, Central and South summits from South at Oktang [11 of 12]
Kangchenjunga’s west (Yalung Kang, 8505m), main (8586m), central (8482m) and south (8476m) summits glisten in the early morning sunshine from Oktang (4800m). Kangchenjunga was first climbed on May 25, 1955 by a British expedition led by Charles Evans who had been John Hunt’s deputy on the successful 1953 Everest team. The team followed the Yalung Glacier to the foot of the southwest face. They climbed to the Great Shelf, a flat low-angled snow basin in the centre of the photo below the central summit. They then crossed the Great Shelf and followed a snow slope, The Gangway, angling up to the west ridge to the left of the main summit, and then on to the summit. The first summit team was Joe Brown and George Band, who was also on Everest in 1953, with the second summit team of Norman Hardie and Tony Streather following the next day.